LT.GEN. NIRBHAY SHARMA, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM ( Retd.)
Governor of Mizoram
Born in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) in 1946, he is a product of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1966. General Sharma is one of the most distinguished and decorated Field Commanders of the Indian Army. Most of his assignments have dealt with the J&K and North Eastern States ; the last assignment being a Corps Commander and Security Advisor to the Government of J&K. During the period, his landmark contribution in fighting the ongoing proxy war in Kashmir, including the successful conduct of Parliamentary and Assembly Elections are well known. Apart from brilliantly directing anti-terrorist operations of over one lakh elements of the security force, his accomplishments include the construction of anti-infiltration obstacle system along the LOC, opening the Uri-Muzaffarabad Road and the construction of the ‘Aman Setu’. He had earlier raised a Division during the ‘Kargil War’ (in record time). The concurrent conduct of disaster relief operations during the ‘Snow Tsunami’ and Earthquake also drew praise and recognition. His slogan of “Jawan aur Awaam, Aman hai Muqaam” and its manifestation on ground brought in a new approach and momentum to the ongoing peace process in Kashmir.
As a young Captain, he fought in the 1971 War and part of the Airborne Assault Group, the first Indian Army Unit to enter Dacca. Apart from commanding a battalion on the China border, he was part of the Sino-Indian Working Group and coordinated counter-insurgency operations in the North-East with civil agencies and inter-ministerial delegations. The peace process with Naga rebels commenced during this period. Close interaction with the representatives of the armies and governments of Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh for effective border management and formulation of joint strategies to combat militancy, anti-national / criminal / hijacking activities and disaster management were also part of his charter.
As Director General (Perspective Planning) in the Army HQ, Gen. Sharma worked on the Restructuring of the Army HQ and assisted in drafting ‘Army Vision 2020’.As Master General of Ordinance, his stamp of dynamism is distinctly seen in the field of material management of the 1.2 Million strong Indian Army with varied and complex inventory worth over Rs. 50,000 Crores and an Annual Revenue Budget of Rs.6,000 Crores
After 40 Years of distinguished service in the Army, General Sharma was appointed member of the Union Public Service Commission of India, As a Constitutional Authority, he presided over interview Boards and Departmental Promotional Committees to select officer for the Civil Services. He also examined the framing and amendment of Recruitment and Service Rules and commented on disciplinary cases, He offered specific advice on examination reforms and other matters related to development of the Indian Civil Service.
With M.Sc. and M.Phil. in Defence Studies from Madras University, he is widely recognized as a strategic thinker and defence analyst, General Sharma has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi(an Independence Strategic and Public Policy think tank and research initiative) and several other similar institutions like the USI (United Service Institution of India) IDSA (Institute of Defence Studies & Analysis) and CPR (Centre for Policy & Research) etc. His articles and perspectives have been published in many journals and newspapers and he has also participated in numerable seminars and discussions with leading global think tanks within the country and abroad.
The General served as the 18th Governor of the State of Arunachal Pradesh, a State strategically located in the North East of India, having common borders with Bhutan, China and Myanmar from 29th May 2013 to 25th may 2015.
He took the oath of Office of the Governor of Mizoram, another North Eastern State sharing an international border of 722 kms with Myanmar and Bangladesh on 26 May 2015.
He is married to Mrs. Jyotsna Sharma (an educationist) and they have a daughter Nupur Sharma (a journalist) and a son, Abhay Sharma (an international taxation and fund formation lawyer).